Tag Archives: immigration

SFPD will not cooperate with ICE during expected raids, Chief says

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott made it clear at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting that his officers will not cooperate with federal immigration agents during raids that are expected soon in Northern California. “Our instructions have been clear in terms of our policies … SFPD will not assist in any federal immigration enforcement,” he said. “That’s the message we’re putting...
Mural of woman and child on Balmy Alley

Mission reacts to the end of protected status for Salvadoran immigrants

On an already gloomy and rainy day in San Francisco, Salvadorans with temporary protected status in the city learned that they may be forced to leave the country by September of 2019, Trump’s administration announced Monday. The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program allowed Salvadorans to live and work in the United States after a devastating 2001 earthquake in their home...

Disillusioned with the Cuban Revolution, he ends up running a surrealist cafe in San Francisco

Radio Habana Social Club sits tucked away on 1109 Valencia St., its blue awning faded and its windows covered with flyers and posters. Except for a small neon “open” sign, you might miss it. But on a Friday night,  it is standing room only in the tiny café. If you weren’t paying attention, you might also miss Victor Navarrete. Navarrete...

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...

After decision to end protections for some immigrants, advocates push back

The Trump administration’s decision Monday to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans has put hundreds of thousands of other Central American immigrants on edge. Advocates urged all residents on temporary protected status to look at ways in which they might become permanent immigrants. “We’re calling all TPS holders from all 13 countries, as well as Dreamers, to continue to seek legal...

Kate Steinle’s accused killer gives erratic account of Embarcadero murder

The lead homicide detective in the Kate Steinle case testified Wednesday about the dramatic twelve hours that followed Steinle’s death, beginning with the first 911 call to report a shooting on Pier 14 and ending with a four-hour interrogation. Prosecutor Diana Garcia played a video of the interrogation in court, and argued that it shows Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who...

Gun that killed Kate Steinle was not fired by accident, expert testifies

On Tuesday, the sixth day of the Kate Steinle murder trial, a San Francisco Police Department criminalist testified that the gun involved in Steinle’s death could not have fired as a result of being hit or dropped. But the defense’s main argument is that the shooting two years ago on Pier 14 was an accident. “My opinion is that the...

Supervisor to Washington: Protect immigrants who fear danger in home countries

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen is asking Washington to extend its protection of migrants who cannot return to their countries of origin because of war or natural disasters, but who don’t have refugee status. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Ronen introduced a resolution that calls on the Federal Government to extend the Temporary Protected Status program for people from...

New CCSF chancellor vows to support undocumented students

Mark Rocha, San Francisco City College’s new chancellor, put his support for undocumented students and DACA recipients front and center Thursday afternoon. “This is a sanctuary campus of a sanctuary college, in a sanctuary city, in a sanctuary state,” he said at a mixer with teachers, administrators and neighborhood leaders at Mission Campus. He also called on all those in...

Hundreds in SF come out to renew DACA status before deadline

Last Saturday, as picnickers and sun worshippers relaxed in Dolores Park, 200 people spent the afternoon across the street in the cafeteria of Mission High School, filling out renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The free legal workshop, organized by the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, was the final one of...

Sanctuary City furor whipped up after killing of Abel Esquivel is phony — and lazy

ICE claims it warned San Francisco. But it warns San Francisco six times a day, and more than 320 times so far this year. It never stops warning. Abel Enrique Esquivel, Jr. deserved better than this. The 23-year-old deserved better after a lifetime of hard work, volunteerism and mentoring than to be gunned down in his prime in what appears...

City to assist with and pay for DACA renewals this weekend

When federal officials announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, they did leave room for some limited renewals for eligible recipients. This Saturday, the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs will host a renewal workshop at Mission High School, and is even offering to pay applicants’ $495 renewal fees....

Mission and SF respond with outrage and fear to Trump ending DACA

Organizers, advocates and immigrants around the city and in the Mission denounced the elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that allows children who were brought to the United States without proper documentation a chance to get an education or a job.  Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the Mission, called the decision “unconscionable, cruel and irrational” at a...

Rumors of citizenship troubles keep immigrants from getting legal benefits

Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits. “We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,”...

Coalition asks city to fund Latino success

San Francisco’s Latino population struggles disproportionately in key areas that determine success and stability, said a coalition of nonprofits that serve low-income Latino communities around the city. The groups, under the name San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, are calling for more funding to go to services for struggling Latino families. The coalition held a press conference Wednesday highlighting...